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Go-Jek entry harmful to TNC industry, Former LTFRB board member claims

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In the latest episode of the BusinessWorld Discussions podcast, Antonio E. Inton, Jr. founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection said that his group will oppose Indonesian ride-sharing platform Go-Jek’s entry into the Philippine market.

Mr. Inton, formerly a board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, claims that it may harm Filipino-owned transport network companies (TNC).

“Our group is looking at, and we will be opposing, the entry of this Indonesian TNC, Go-Jek. If you allow this, and then you just have 65,000 vehicles only, eh kakainin nito yung limang bago [this will easily beat the five new ones] which are all local,” he said.

LTFRB has met with Go-Jek officials in May to discuss its intent to offer its ride-hailing services in the country. Board Member Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada earlier said it warned the Indonesian company of the policies in the Philippines, which would limit its surge pricing.

She said the two parties have agreed to study first the repercussions of pursuing the plan. “Go-Jek is big. We need to study well as we need to protect the local players,” Ms. Lizada said in May.

Grab Philippines (MyTaxi.PH) country head Brian P. Cu shared Mr. Inton’s concerns, saying he pitied not only the current crop of TNCs, but Go-Jek as well.

“What will Go-Jek do?” he said. “Go-Jek will come in, throw promos, increase incentives. Grab, kaya makipagsabayan niyan eh, kasi we have the capital [Grab can keep up with Go-Jek because we have the capital]. But can the small players say the same?” he said. – Denise A. Valdez